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The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom
     

The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom

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by Sandra Mackey
 

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"A rare first-hand glimpse into the hidden realm of Saudi social and public life."—The New York Times
Sandra Mackey lived in Saudi Arabia for four years, and as far as the authorities knew, she was simply the wife of an American doctor. But she saw things and traveled to places rarely viewed by any outsider, let alone a Western woman, and she succeeded in

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"A rare first-hand glimpse into the hidden realm of Saudi social and public life."—The New York Times
Sandra Mackey lived in Saudi Arabia for four years, and as far as the authorities knew, she was simply the wife of an American doctor. But she saw things and traveled to places rarely viewed by any outsider, let alone a Western woman, and she succeeded in smuggling out a series of crucial articles on Saudi culture and politics. The Saudis offers a fascinating portrait of Saudi life, chronicling Mackey's extraordinary travels and experiences and depicting Saudi Arabia's strange metamorphosis from backward desert kingdom to world power. Mackey reveals the chaos of a country in transformation: grappling with modernity, coming to terms with its own wealth, and battling to maintain an influential stance in an altogether new world. This updated edition provides the essential background to the new Saudi crisis as the mother state of international terrorism.

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New York Times
A rare first-hand glimpse into the hidden realm of Saudi social and public life.
Library Journal
For four years beginning in 1978, Mackey lived a double life: as a journalist and professional she objectively observed and analyzed the changes transforming Saudi Arabia; as an expatriate American she was exasperated by the inefficiences and personal inconveniences endemic to that rapidly changing society. Her book outlines the impact of the oil boom on a conservative society, filling in background on the nature of Islam and traditional Arab life. Although fond of the country, she shows little empathy, concluding that Saudi Arabia suffers as ``a people who have lost their way, whose heritage proved unequal to the demands of modernization, whose leaders became corrupt, whose idols floundered . . . .'' Sarcasm and intolerance undermine her factual reporting, and make this a volume that libraries can pass up.Elizabeth R. Hayford, President, Assoc. Colls. of the Midwest, Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324174
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2002
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
469,556
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Mackey is a veteran journalist who has written many books on the Middle East, including The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein, The Saudis, and The Iranians. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Saudi's: Inside the Desert Kingdom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Extremely informative, especially for the casual reader. It provided an exciting, detailed, and rarely-seen window into Saudi Arabia, politically and socially. However, to nobody's fault it is a bit outdated, especially with recent events (such as the fall of the Soviet Union).
Guest More than 1 year ago
She was a brave and adventurous woman and captured the tempo of this intriquing land.